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Sightings of Butterflies in Suffolk - 2015

The Branch is always grateful for butterfly records and a recording form can be downloaded from the conservation section of this website.  We would be particularly grateful for records away from the coast and information on the following species: Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, White Letter Hairstreak, Silver-studded Blue, Wall Brown, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Grayling and Small Heath.

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Send Us Your Sightings
We are always interested in sightings of any butterflies in any location in Suffolk.
email them to (please make sure you enter a subject) and they will appear below within a few days.
Clicking on this link should launch your usual email program.  If this does not seem to work just use the email address.

If you see a Brimstone this record will also be passsed to the Brimstone and Buckthorn project

Please include the date, how many of each butterfly species seen, location with an ordnance survey grid reference if possible, and your name (if you want to).
If you would like to contribute to the annual survey please read the notes on the Recording page.

Regular recorders are urged to use this sightings page to inform others of interesting sightings, but please do continue to send all your records to the county recorder at the end of the season as usual.

Return completed form by November to 26 Thomas Crescent, Kesgrave, Ipswich IP5 2HN or to

Date  Butterflies seen (and other relevant information).  First Sighting of Year in Bold
For a summary of First Sightings and News from the Suffolk Butterfly Recorder - Click Here
Location Grid Reference Click for OS Map then click Leisure Name
  A message from our Chairman - Mike Dean on the home page      
18 Feb Red Admiral seen in garden late morning Waldringfield   Peter Maddison
18 Feb I saw a Red Admiral this afternoon off Trafalgar Close Ipswich   Dave Basham
17 Feb I would like to report seeing a Red Admiral  on Virburnum Tinus at Rushmere Road Ipswich TM 183 452 Julie Harrison
17 Feb 2 Red Admirals at Purdis Heath today, one morning, the other afternoon. Neil had a Comma last week. Purdis Heath   Julian Dowding
15 Feb A Peacock butterfly was flying over the rough grass area at 13.20hrs. It seemed to disappear into a group of broom. Alton Water TM1536 John Glazebrook
13 Feb Red Admiral in back garden Bredfield Road Woodbridge Woodbridge   Laurence Potter
27 Jan I had a Small Tortoiseshell in my garden this afternoon. Lowestoft TM522909 Bill Whybrow.
14 Jan Red Admiral flying in Elmswell IP30, 4 degrees but sunny   1:49 pm Elmswell   Peter Rutt
9 Jan Amazed to see a strongly coloured Red Admiral in my small garden at lunch time today.  Landed on my washing near an ivy covered fence.  Fluttered around for ages.  I live on Suffolk/Norfolk border about 6 miles inland. Worlingham   Helen Smith
2 Jan I would like to report the sighting of one Red Admiral  (photo click here) Bawdsey   Robert Brown
2 Jan We saw a Red Admiral near the boathouse at Holbrook Creek flying round an ivy hedge in the sunshine. Holbrook Creek   David & Margie Carter

2012 Sightings      2013 Sightings      2014 Sightings

Photographs from 2015 Sightings  (all pictures are the copyright of their owners)

Red Admiral - Photo by Robert Brown

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